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Szechuan Cherry Tonic

Another year, another LA Beer Week Festival and this time, we brought a "soda bar". Folks from Pacific Gravity and Strand Brewers joined us to pour a set of refreshers for the crowd.
Brew Date: 
09/29/2012
Brewed By: 
Drew Beechum
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Very Berry Melomel

Attempting to produce a semi-sweet mead with 14% alcohol and 2% residual sugar. If it comes out even half as good as Wickham's killer raspberry melomel, I'll be well pleased.
Brew Date: 
09/29/2012
Brewed By: 
PHB2234
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What to do when it's too damned hot to brew beer? (Other than simply drink beer?)

Why, one does a very berry melomel instead! No slaving over a hot mash tun or boil kettle. No worrysome timing of hop additions. Easy clean up and no disposal of spent grains. And best of all, no worrying about fermentation temperature. There's 6+ gallons of must in a plastic fermenter in my garage, happily bubbling away. The most difficult part of the entire process was dealing with all the bees that were attracted when I opened the pail of honey and decanted it to pour into the water.

October Newsletter

Volume: 
v. 38
Issue: 
i. 10
Newsletter Date: 
10/2012

Here is the Newsletter.  Oktoberfest is next week.

Content (articles, pictures, etc) is always welcome!!!  Please submit by 10/24/12.

Sorry  the newsletter is out so late.  The editor was waiting for some last-minute submissions.

Beard Beer: Rogue Ales Creates Brew Out Of Yeast From Brewmaster John Maier's Facial Hair

Beard Beer: Rogue Ales Creates Brew Out Of Yeast From Brewmaster John Maier's Facial Hair

The Huffington Post  |  By Hilary Hanson Posted: 09/26/2012 3:56 pm EDT Updated: 09/26/2012 4:04 pm EDT

 
Beard Beer Rogue Ales

 

Oktober Shop Brew - Holiday Ale

Our monthly Club Shop Brew is set for Sunday October 21st at 8:00 a.m. Our Club’s Treasurer Kent Fletcher will be leading this crew with the brewing of a Holiday Ale the nature of which is still being formulated. All Brew Crew members will be brewing on the Falcons 30 gallon all grain brew system located at the Home Beer Wine and Cheese Making Shop in Woodland Hills. Members will participate in all aspects of the brewing process from measuring and crushing the grain to clean up.

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Hanger 24 Tap Takeover

 

 

Join us along with Hanger 24

on Oct 27, 2012 for the 
Hanger 24 Tap Takeover @ 5:00 PM

We will bring you multiple Hanger 24 beers on Draught

- Orange Wheat
- Amarillo Pale
- Helles Lager
- Alt Bier
- Columbus I.P.A.
- Chocolate Porter
- Double I.P.A.

Seasonal
- Oktoberfest or Hullabaloo

Special Releases
- Gourdgeous
- Russian Imperial Stout

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Get Those Anchor Accomplishments Ready!! The Time is Here to Reply!

As Drew told everyone at the last meeting, it is time to get your Anchor blurbs in, cause it is time for the Falcons to take back the Anchor  Homebrew Club of the Year Award.  What comps have you entered? What comps have you won in? What events did you volunteer at? Judge at? Steward at?  What creative positive thing can you contribute to the Board so they can put together a report?

Cheap and easy keg/carboy washer

For those that are tired of scubbing out carboys and kegs by hand here is a fairly cheap solution. I cleaned 9 kegs in 45 minutes and only 2 needed a little elbow grease because they sat too long with yeast in them. I used 170 degree water and it was still hot when I was finished.

There is roughly $65 worth of parts in building this. If you have 5 gallon carboys you may want to replace the spray arm with copper to make it narrower to fit the neck.

Here is the parts list:

1- 1/6hp sump pump $50.00 delivered from Harbor Frieght (with 20% online coupon)

Congrats to the new Board of Directors

This month's meeting saw our annual election cycle and as always the battle was fierce - to not be elected!

We kid, we kid.. but in all seriousness thanks to those who volunteered and stood for election to the board. Most of the faces are familiar and continuing on, but also we have some new vital blood as well and that's a good thing!

Remember, even if you're not on the board of directors, we could us a helping hand to make things run smoothly for the club! We'll be starting up a volunteers list to help coordinate efforts shortly. Watch for details.

Need To Hold Onto Your Fresh Hops?

Quite a few folks took advantage of our Fresh Hop Buy and are getting their supplies starting real soon.

If you're a pro brewer - great! Just make sure you schedule your day and do that the right way, but us homebrewers don't really have that option. Why do we need to worry? Since the hops haven't been dried out, they carry a lot of water and as our produce drawers demonstrate time and time again - water + green stuff + time = ick. (In this case, mold) [ETA: Please note, I'm not talking long term storage with this - please use your hops in the near term. aka 2 weeks]

the White House Honey Ale & Honey Porter Recipes

The White House recently released their homebrew recipes at the request of homebrewers. According to the website, President Obama paid for a Homerewing kit and asked the Whitehouse chefs to make the beer.

The recipes were from a brewer near the Whitehouse:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/09/01/ale-chief-white-house-beer-recipe

Cheers,
DLester

GoPlate Lets You Hold a Party in the Palm of Your Hand, Literally

Here’s a familiar summertime scenario: after waiting a hot second in the buffet line, you’ve finally gotten your food and your drink and are ready to get your grub on when you realize there are no empty tables around. You could try to find a ledge somewhere, or maybe sit on the floor, but heavens, you’re not an animal.

http://www.thegoplate.com/#

 

Board Meeting Pulled Beef Chorizo and ChickenTacos

Made these for our latest board meeting (hosts prepare dinner for the board) and they proved to be a big hit. The chicken tacos are a healthy and tastily juicy taco fodder. The Beef Chorizo tacos are actually two meals in one - day 1 - classic American pot roast with a little bit of flair - day 2 - meltingly awesome tacos.

All tacos served with pinto beans, onions, cilantro, lime, fresh queso and crema with warm tortillas and a choice of homemade pico de gallo, tomatillo salsa and guacamole..

Poached Chicken Tacos

1/4 c salt

September 2012 Newsletter

Volume: 
v. 38
Issue: 
i. 9
Newsletter Date: 
09/2012

Here is the Newsletter.  Elections are this month.  Support the club!!

Content (articles, pictures, etc) is always welcome!!!  Please submit by 9/24/12.

2012 Los Angeles County Fair Homebrew Competition Results

LOS ANGELES COUNTY FAIR

Culinary Styles

2012 Homebrew Beer Competition

* ** Official Results ***

Aug 20, 2012

 

Ed Kochanowski, Organizer

On Behalf of the Maltose Falcons Home Brewing Society

 

The Belgians Are Coming - Belgian Beer Festival

Festival Details
 

Who: YOU and the Belgians

What: A Belgian Beer Festival featuring the artisan craftsmanship of the original Belgian brewers

When: 5:30 - 10:00pm on Sunday, September 2, 2012

Where: Old Town Newhall in Santa Clarita, California

Tickets: $49.00 in advance. $69.00 at the door.

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Don't Forget! Nominations for Board at the September Meeting

 

Hey Falcons, old and new, having served on the board, I can tell you that it is a good experience. Now it is your turn to shine!!

Rousing up sleepy yeast with a Portable Co2 Charger

 

I was looking for a way to rouse up my yeast in a conical fermenter. I thought of hooking up my C02 system, but I didn't want to unhook it from my system and thought it might be possible that wort might fall back into the line.

The solution for me was a Cornelius Keg Portable CO2 Charger. I had to find a 1/2" to 1/8" connector, which wasn't easy. I hooked it all up and shazzam, it worked!

August Shop Brew - English Stout/Porter

Our monthly Club Shop Brew is set for Sunday August 19th at 8:00 a.m. Our Club’s Secretary Cullen Davis with the assistance of none other than our esteemed president Nancy Gold will be leading this crew with the brewing of an English Dark Ale. The lead brewers seem to be in a creative mode for this brew (Cullen’s forte) and decided to brew a beer somewhere in the vicinity of an English Stout and a Porter.

 

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Great American Beer Festival

Any Falcons attending this year?  Ethen (another Falcon member) and I will be attending.  Hopefully we can meet up with a few other members there.  We'll make to sure to bring back a full report on this years festivities.

Cheers,

Allen

August 2012 Brews & News

Volume: 
v. 38
Issue: 
i. 8
Newsletter Date: 
08/2012

Here is the August 2012 Newsletter.  Sorry it is a little late. 

September Club Meeting

The Falcons are back at the shop for our "monthly" membership meeting!

Time to sit down, relax and enjoy some homebrew while we take care of business and lunch.

This month's business: Elections! We need to find out who is going to help make things happen for the club. Can you lend a hand?

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Lime Mint Soda

When it's too hot to brew I make up a batch of soda. Lately on my days off, the last thing I want to do is stand in the blistering hot sun for a whole brew session. My kegs go empty and I grow thirsty, this soda pop recipe is my quick fit.
Brew Date: 
07/22/2012
Brewed By: 
Izzy
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Black Rye IPA

Shop Brew for July 2012
Brew Date: 
07/22/2012
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Retired Farts Brewing Sunfest Ale!

When you are retired, or even semi-retired, then you too can brew beer on a Monday. Today Rich and Old Jim are brewing up a Mild to bring to Sunfest. its going well so far, a tribute to our self control in terms of drinking while brewing. The wort is boiling now, with the first hop addition in and the timer counting. Old Jim is BBQing some nice sausages from Whole Foods and we'll be enjoying those along with some nice side dishes. We're going to be drinking Bear Republic Tribute Brown Ale with lunch. I'll post the recipe later, after the facts are in. And lucky us, Mrs. S.

Firestone Brewery presents "Brothers of the Barrel"

Featuring on Draught:

Firestone Double Double Barrel

Firestone Double Barrel Unfiltered Firkin

Firestone Velvet Merkin Bourbon Barrel Aged

Firestone Parabola Russian Imperial Stout

Firestone Summer Solace

Firestone "805" Honey Blonde

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Fresh Wet Hop Club Buy!

Ok, you may notice just below here that there's a whole slew of new products listed in the club store

What's going on here?

Thanks to the modern miracle of distribution, John D has an opportunity to buy a bunch of fresh hops. He's offering the club (and our guests) the ability to buy these hops at a heavy discount.

You can buy hops directly from our store until 7/29 and then we'll close things up. If we don't have enough purchase of a variety we may have to change up or cancel it.

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